Do you want to know why your child has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Contact a Medical Malpractice attorney.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Lawyers  

$3,250,000 settlement for child with autism spectrum disorder – Medical Malpractice law firm The Fitzgerald Law Firm argued that the hospital mismanaged labor and delivery.

If your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder, decreased IQ, learning disabilities, motor deficits, or social abnormalities, call the law firm of The Fitzgerald Law Firm to see if we can help in any way: 1-800-323-9900.  

If your child has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or you suspect your child has an autism spectrum disorder, contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm Medical Malpractice law firm for a free consultation.  If we are retained, we will:

  • Undertake an intense investigation of the medical and environmental history of your child
  • Search for environmental and neurological insults that might have caused the autism spectrum disorder
  • Consult with pediatric neurologists, toxicologists, and environmental experts
  • Attempt to identify the cause and time of the injury to your child’s brain
  • If that injury could have been avoided, we will seek to recover compensation from the parties responsible for the injury; which may include landlords, property owners, and medical care providers

Birth injuries is area of practice that The Fitzgerald Law Firm focuses on.  To contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm for a free consultation, call toll-free at 1-800-323-9900 or submit the firm’s online contact form.

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

What is often called autism is now recognized as a collection of 5 rather distinct disorders termed autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Although the term autism appears to have been used by Eugen Bleuler as early as 1912, it was formally applied to a behavioral condition by Leo Kanner in a 1943 paper in which he described 11 children with “early infantile autism”.  Around the same time a German physician, Hans Asperger, described several children with language function but some symptoms overlapping with Kanner’s patients.  Since that time it has become apparent that there is a spectrum of severity in social, communication, and behavioral aspects.  Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization which define diagnostic criteria for behavioral and psychiatric conditions have established the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and placed them under the umbrella of pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs).


  1. Frith, U. (1991). Autism and Asperger Syndrome (translated and annotated version of Asperger’s 1944 paper), Cambridge University Press.
  2. Kanner, L (1943). Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact, Nervous Child 2:217-250.
  3. American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision) (Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association).
  4. World Health Organization (1992). The ICD 10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders: clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (Geneva: World Health Organization).